Past & Infinitive is the thirtieth (assuming read left to right) skill of the Russian language tree. The skill has six lessons, and each lesson teaches you how to use the past tense in Russian.

Grammar NotesEdit

The usage of the past tense is simple: the ending following the -л depends on the gender of the subject:

Verb (Present) Masculine Feminine Neuter Plural
читать читал читала читало читали

The verb идти (and any other verbs with the same ending) has an irregular stem, though, so watch out:

  • идти, шёл, шла, шло, шли


Lesson 1Edit

  • ходил = went
  • думал = thought
  • устал = tired

Lesson 2Edit

  • говорил = talked
  • раньше = before
  • читал = read
  • смотрел = watched, saw

Lesson 3Edit

  • жил = lived
  • стоял = stood
  • работал = worked

Lesson 4Edit

  • стоять = to stand
  • слышал = heard
  • телевизор = television

Lesson 5Edit

  • знал = knew
  • видел = saw
  • хотел = wanted
  • умел = could
  • пробовал = tried

Lesson 6Edit

  • ждал = waited
  • ждать = to wait
  • подожди = wait!
  • лежал = lay
  • идти = to go
  • автобус = bus


Duolingo Lesson:

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